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Taking stock and considering our relevance…

Welcome to another edition of PsyTalk, our quarterly bulletin showcasing the work of PsySSA’s Divisions, Standing Committees and Branches. We trust that you will find the content topical and relevant to our profession.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been grappling with a question asked in a staff meeting I attended. The question was not asked because of malicious intend but rather an honest exploration of the status of mental health care in South Africa.

June 2018 • Issue 2

PsySSA President: Prof Tholene Sodi

President’s Corner

It only feels like yesterday when I took over from Prof Sumaya Laher as President of PsySSA. I have now done more than six months as President. Indeed, time flies.
This year, we were privileged to be co-hosts when the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was conferred the Biko-Fanon Award on the 12th of March 2018. This prestigious award is awarded in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to psychology on the continent.


DRM Announcement: Upcoming Conferences

PsySSA Congress 2018, with the theme Mamela Psychology – Listen with Humility… Act with Integrity, will be taking place from 11 - 14 September,...

Feminism & Psychology has issued a Call for Papers for the Special Issue: Feminisms and decolonizing psychology

Feminism & Psychology has issued a Call for Papers for the Special Issue: Feminisms and decolonizing psychology. Due date for Submission:...

Membership Benefit: MyCPD launched for PsySSA Members

PsySSA is pleased to provide members with a range of online CPD activities for 2018! MyCPD aims to assist Professionals manage points and ensure...

Multidisciplinary Teams and the Role of the Psychologist

It is important to note that the resources provided here should not be seen as an endorsement by PsySSA but rather as a means to facilitate discussion around the topic of the role played by psychologists in/on multidisciplinary teams .


Psychological Society of South Africa

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Why is it important to have a Multidisciplinary Team provide treatment?

Health and Social Care Multidisciplinary Team Meetings

MDT Approach: Psychologist as Case Manager

An Overview of Multidisciplinary Team Meetings

The experience of being part of a team

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

PsySSA Structures

Divisional News

Student Division

Member News Walking from Darkness into Light – Cape Town  On Saturday 12 May we participated in the Darkness into Light - Cape Town 5km walk to...

Division for Research and Methodology (DRM)

DRM ExCo Member news We would like to hear from you, our members. We look forward to working with you for the remainder of this year and request...

Sexuality and Gender Division (SGD)

SGD ExCo Member News Division Exec Members have been part of and offered a number of workshops related to sexual and gender topics and interests....

Divisional Articles Slider

Launch of Landmark PsySSA Guidelines on Sexual and Gender Diversity Welcomed Widely

On 19 April 2018, the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) launched the South African practice guidelines for psychology professionals working with sexually and gender-diverse people. The launch was held at the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and attended by 120 people, including many leading scholars, practitioners and community activists in the fields of sexuality, gender and reproductive health.

Multidisciplinary Teams and the Role of the Psychologist in Dealing with Child and Adolescent Mental Health: “A passenger on a bus or the driver of the team?” (DRM)

From the limited data available, at least 10 to 20% of 5 to 17 year old children and adolescents suffer from a mental health disorder, which often persists into adulthood (Flisher et al., 2012; Stancheva, 2018). Over the past few years, the prevalence and diagnoses of child and adolescent mental disorders have escalated, resulting in parents, teachers, and health professionals becoming increasingly concerned.

Multidisciplinary Teams and the role of the Psychologist (SGD)

Working in the field of Critical Diversity Literacy (CDL) it is an inevitable moment when one must interrogate the role and place of diversity in any field and context. The questions that we must ask ourselves pertain to the issues of relevance – both of our different disciplinary backgrounds to the team as well as in how these disciplinary backgrounds can be critically brought to bear on making society a better place. Given my location in the discipline of Psychology, I am interested in Psychology’s potential for relevance, disruption of the status quo and collaboration potential with other disciplines.

The Politics of Mental Health Provision in a Liberal Democracy (CaSP)

The recent discussion between Eusebius McKaiser and Mazibuko K Jara on the place of liberalism in South Africa sparked an interesting question on mental health provision in a liberal democracy such as ours. In reading these discussions, I was reminded about a simple and yet incisive point about liberalism given by Professor Lewis Gordon, at the Unisa Decolonial Summer School in Tshwane earlier this year, in which he noted that the problem with liberalism is that it reduces the political to the individual.

Tips for researchers (DRM)

Tips for researchers when selecting instruments

Membership Section

Draft Congress Programme Available Online


The South African Journal of Psychology publishes peer-reviewed contributions in English from all fields of psychology. Whilst the emphasis is on empirical research, the journal also accepts theoretical and methodological papers, review articles, short communications, book reviews, and letters commenting on articles published in the journal. Priority is given to articles relevant to Africa and that address psychological issues of social change and development.


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